Welcome Blogathoners

Hi there and welcome to my little page on the interwebs.

This is my first time participating in the Canadian Blogathon and I’m hoping to make some new friends and find some new blogs… maybe even win a prize ! That’d be great, I hardly ever enter contests so … yep, I can’t remember the last time I won a prize ! Thanks so much to the host Sew Sisters Quilt Shop and all the co-sponsors for making this opportunity for all us bloggers new and old.

I haven’t been blogging very long but please, have a look around and let me know what you think.
Actually, I haven’t been a quilter very long either. It’s right around this time of year, three years ago that I started my first quilt. I have never taken a class – everything I know, I have learned from other peoples blogs. I am always surprised at how much useful information bloggers generously put on their blogs. So many tutorials and free patterns. That is one of the reasons I started my blog – to share and pass on what I have been discovering about quilting and sewing projects. Who knows, maybe in the far distant future I will discover an easier way of doing something and try writing my own tutorial to share. Ha ! don’t hold your breath, though, I’m still very much in the learning phase !

So this post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of some sewing:

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This is a 10″ paper pieced pattern called Diamond Star
from Kristy at Quiet Play. The template can be found on Craftsy for FREE ! Yes, another example of the generosity on the internet. This is perhaps the 3rd different block I have paper pieced. I don’t know why I enjoy paper piecing – it’s crazy that it works and I can’t imagine how it was discovered/invented. I am soooo slow at it though – maybe because there is too much time that passes between each time I have a ‘go’ at it. This 10″ block probably took me a full afternoon. How fast are the rest of you – does that sound about right or crazy slow ?
Any speed tips ?

I’m not 100% sure of what I’m going to do with this star but I’ll let ya know !

Thanks for visiting. Please leave a comment. The comment thingie to click on is up by the title of this blog post on the left.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allisonreidnem
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 15:01:31

    Hi! Colleen
    I’ve been enjoying reading your blog posts. I’ve been quilting a couple of years longer than you but only became a blogger a few weeks ago and for much the same reasons as you – to give something back to the wonderfully generous bloggers I’ve learned from and been inspired by. Your block looks great – very dramatic. I am a slow worker. Check out http://www.jenniethreads.blogspot.co.uk if you want to find someone who works at the speed of light!
    Happy piecing,
    Allison UK

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  2. Carolyn
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 15:06:36

    You pieces are just gorgeous. I’m popping in from Blogathon Canada 🙂

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  3. Quilting Tangent
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 15:20:25

    Hi, they say practice will make you fastest. Keep going.

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  4. Carol
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 16:41:17

    Wonderful to have you link up to Blogathon Canada!

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  5. Andrea Kelter
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 16:54:50

    Talk about gorgeous paper piecing! This block design is beautiful…and your execution of it is flawless. Cannot wait to see the entire quilt! I’m visiting you from Nova Scotia on the Sew Sisters blog hop, but I’ve added a bookmark and will definitely be visiting again!

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  6. Heather A
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 20:04:24

    Hi Colleen! Your paper pieced block is sweet! I laughed when you said it took you all afternoon. I’m glad to know I’m not the only slow quilter around. It takes me FOREVER to do what others do in only moments! Such a beauty of a lunch bag, too! I want to make one now. Thanks for the inspiration. And thanks, too, for participating in the Blogathon!

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  7. MoeWest
    Nov 21, 2014 @ 01:25:46

    Your block looks really nice! I find paper piecing slower than regular piecing but practice does help me to speed it up some.

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  8. quiltmom anna
    Nov 21, 2014 @ 02:01:53

    Beautiful paper piecing Colleen- perhaps you can turn your craftsy block into a mug run or a make a few more and make it into a table runner/ centerpiece.
    Quilters are generous and they love to share their ideas and expertise- it is an amazing journey this quilting one- I hope you meet lots of new quilters and bloggers on the hop.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna

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  9. Karen Thurn
    Nov 23, 2014 @ 03:48:13

    Greetings from Bismarck ND USA hopping around Canada reading some good blogs. I am also learning by reading blogs. Thanks for sharing.

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